British singer/songwriter/musician Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou was born in East Finchley, London, England on June 25, 1963. Early in his career, he would adopt the stage name George Michael. In his career that began with his debut album in 1987, Michael sold over 100 million copies, placing him in the top forty of Billboard's best-selling male artist. That debut album, Faith, came on the heels of a highly successful run in the duo WHAM. WHAM's second album, Make It Big (1984) would hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Albums Chart and spawn three No. 1 Hot 100 singles, including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper". The success of that album shined the spotlight squarely on Michael who set out own his own in 1987. As a solo act, his debut album with Epic Records sold an astounding 25 million records worldwide and dominated the Albums Charts in the UK and US. Four singles from the album would hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 Chart. Those songs included "Faith", "Father Figure", One More Try" and "Monkey". While his follow-up album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, made it to No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 2 in the US, it still delivered the No 1 hit "Praying for Time". Prior to releasing a third album thought to be Volume 2, Michael shut things down over a huge dispute with the record company and it would be six years before he would head back to the studio. After some controversy regarding his sexuality, Michael finally released two more top-selling albums, Older (1996) and Patience (2004). At his peak, he won three American Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards and four MTV Music Video Awards.
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
One More Try
I Want Your Sex
Kissing A Fool
A Different Corner
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)